Resources in Social Sciences

Many classes in the social sciences at New College are taught in our LEED-certified Academic Center and Koski Plaza, which opened in fall 2011. The center includes 10 classrooms, 36 faculty offices and a state-of-the-art computer lab, and its courtyard plaza is home to the College's Four Winds Sculpture, designed for our 50th Anniversary by renowned artist Bruce White. Located adjacent to the library, these new facilities are the hub for learning and social interaction on campus.

The Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College is home to a broad assortment of books, scholarly journals, national and international databases, and other print and electronic media related to the study of social sciences and is available to students throughout the year. The hotspot of the library is the Academic Resource Center (ARC) with chic café-style seating and every modern technological amenity in the book. It houses the Writing Resource Center, Quantitative Resource Center, Language Resource Center, Educational Technology Services and an open-use computer lab. The ARC provides state-of-the-art technology and plenty of room for library patrons to study and collaborate.

The Jane Bancroft Cook Library also holds the Dr. Helen N. Fagin Holocaust Collection, a collection of materials related to the Holocaust, genocide and humanitarian studies. The Fagin room can be reserved for occasional small meetings connected with the collection. 

In addition to the general use labs and collections in the library, the Division of Social Sciences has a number of additional labs that are specifically oriented toward students within its disciplines. These include the Social Sciences Research Laboratory in the Academic Center, the Hal C.Ball Anthropology Lab, the New College Public Archaeology Lab (NCPAL), and psychology labs in Bon Seigneur House and Palmer Building C.

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Many of our students go on to graduate school at some of the most elite schools in the nation. In fact, 90 percent of New College graduates are accepted into master's and Ph.D. programs.

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